Tag Archives: Life

Gratitude: Resting while sick

I have had a cold since Bushfire, and it has controlled my life. Fortunately I have been able to sleep in more than usual because my bobhuti have been playing less music. I did not get much of anything else … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Close of Service

This past week my friend Kirby visited my homestead again, and we laughed for hours. On the way home from the stesh, he proposed to my tutor and then asked her elder bhuti for permission to marry her, completely in … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: All the feels from GLOW camp

Another week and another visitor came to kaHloniphile (my house). My friend Sam spent Sunday night here to have an easy trek the following day to GLOW camp. This was my week at camp to do M+E. I wasn’t totally … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Finding peace

This week was a stress-filled mess. I had wanted to change things up and spend two days and a night at Hlane to see wildlife and take a relaxing break with nature. But like the wise, old, kung fu master … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: The wrong khumbi. Twice.

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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How I spent March’s living allowance

I ran out of money in March, too. It’s a trend in the PCV life, especially when I am 100 percent a cheese boy (well, girl, in this case). I didn’t even buy cheese with March’s money, but I did … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Payday and phone calls

    I am most grateful for being paid this past week, which enabled me to leave my house and buy groceries. I also had a wonderful FaceTime conversation with a friend from home that conveniently finished that month’s data … Continue reading

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“You’re a Swazi now” and my role as an ambassador, otherwise known as life as a PCV

I am regularly surprised when I surprise siSwati and isiZulu speakers with what I think are my poor language skills. Speaking a few words of the local language has always been important to me. I have spent many hours learning … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Work assignments, showers, packages, and quiet mornings

This week was better, as I managed to stay much busier. I went to Mbabane twice, once for an HIV Committee meeting and once for a meeting with PSI. Fellow HIV Committee member and G14 extender Blake spent Sunday night … Continue reading

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Saturday gratitude: Extension and other wonderful things

I have been in a funk lately over the ever-continuing disappointment in my site and staff not following up on my requests for help. I have spent so much time reading in my hut recently that even one of my … Continue reading

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